August

Getting to know you: Azabu Juban, Tokyo

Dec 25, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

As one of the most fashionable and exclusive neighborhoods in central Tokyo, Azabu Juban is a fantastic place in which to live or simply enjoy. You can find favorite shopping...[ Click to read more ]

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Kobe Port Marine Fireworks Festival 

Jul 30, 2018 By Admin

The “Kobe Port Marine Fireworks Festival” is a great way to spend a hot summer night in Kobe. As many as 250,000 people will gather at Meriken Park and the surrounding...[ Click to read more ]

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Summer Evening of Prayer and Peace in Hiroshima

Jul 30, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Let’s say you arrive in Hiroshima for the August 6th Peace Memorial Ceremony a day early. You don’t feel like sitting around the hotel room watching TV, but what feels...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2018

Jul 30, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Both of my daughters have attended and enjoyed this wonderful local film festival for their entire lives. If you’re living in Hiroshima, or are lucky enough to be passing through...[ Click to read more ]

August 6th, Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima

Jul 30, 2018 By Matt Mangham

The entire world knows what happened in Hiroshima on the morning of August 6th, 1945. Today, the events that occurred on that date and in the following days are one...[ Click to read more ]

Understanding Japan: What is Obon?

Jul 30, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

For many foreigners working in Japan, Obon is a great time, as most companies close for a bit of a summer holiday; it gives us a chance to hit the...[ Click to read more ]

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Aomori Prefecture’s Nebuta Festival

Jul 30, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Throughout July and August there are festivals all over Japan celebrating all manner of things - from the literal star-crossed lovers of Tanabata to the returning of deceased ancestors at...[ Click to read more ]

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Tokyo’s rise of the premium BBQ sites

Jul 27, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

As long as we have known fire, we’ve also known barbecue. Most of humanity would agree that there’s nothing beating a few pieces of meat and/or veg on the grill,...[ Click to read more ]

Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo

Jul 27, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

Obon is an annual event where Buddhists and Confucians celebrate their ancestors.  Buddhists and many Japanese people in general believe that every year during Obon their ancestor's spirits will return...[ Click to read more ]

Buying Summer Yukata in Nagoya

Jul 27, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

If you have been to any of this summer's fireworks festivals around Nagoya and Aichi you may have noticed many people wearing traditional Japanese dress and wondered what was going...[ Click to read more ]